Too posh to push? Pick it up instead

A drive thru in York similar to one proposed for Blackpool.
A drive thru in York similar to one proposed for Blackpool.
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Forget drive through burger bars, drive through grocery shopping is the next step for those Blackpool folk too busy to push a trolley round the aisles.

Asda has been granted planning permission to build the new facility as an add on to its store in Cherry Tree Road, Marton.

It means people can visit the supermarket for their weekly shop - without getting out of their car.

The move is part of a £700m national investment by the retail giant.

The grocery click and collect service will allow shoppers to order online but rather than having to wait in for a delivery, they then go to the store to collect their purchases.

A spokesman for Asda said Blackpool had been chosen as one of the first places for the investment.

He added: “Shoppers are on the move more than ever before and they’ve asked us to help them find more flexible ways to shop.

“Click and Collect helps make life easier for families, giving them a seamless way to order food online and pick up at their convenience.

“It is perfect for those customers that don’t have time to wait home for a delivery.

“This extends our existing service where customers can order clothing and homeware online and pick up in our Blackpool store.”

Contractors are due on site shortly to begin work on the canopy for the drive through, which will be able to hold four cars at any one time.

Blackpool Council planners approved the application using delegated powers.

A design brief accompanying the application said: “The Asda Grocery collection service provides the option for their customers to shop online and collect the groceries ordered while they are out and about on their daily commute.”

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